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Top solar PV installation markets

Solarplaza inventoried installed photovoltaics (PV) capacity worldwide in 2010 and cumulative totals for all the world’s solar PV markets, compiling a “top 10” of solar markets.

August 17, 2011 — Solarplaza inventoried installed photovoltaics (PV) capacity worldwide in 2010 and cumulative totals for all the world’s solar PV markets, compiling a “top 10” of solar markets.

    2008
2009 2010 Cumulative
1 Germany
1,992,000 
3,806,700  
7,390,922 17,294,000
2 Italy   
338,000
717,000 2,319,000
3,500,000
3 Czech Republic
49,000
411,000 1,151,000 1,616,000
4 Japan  
225,295 
482,976 990,979 3,618,144
5 US
338,000 
464,500 
918,000 
2,549,000
6 France 
105,000 
250,000 
719,000 
1,025,000
7 China 
20,000 
160,000 
400,000
650,000
8 Spain
2,708,000 17,000 
392,000 3,807,000
9 Australia
22,010 
83,140 
383,300 
570,930
10 Belgium
76,900 488,396 357,860 948,699

Germany’s near-9GW of 2010 installed capacity represented about 50% of the total world solar installations. Germany’s installs were triple those of the next biggest installer: Italy. Solarplaza credits both country’s feed-in tariff (FIT) schemes for high rates of installation. More cumulative solar power has been installed in Belgium than in the whole of China, though this trend may change, as China has begun work on its own FIT.

All solar markets are still driven by financial support programs, which may change as countries reduce FIT and related schemes, and the solar industry engages in a massive price war that is meant to attract buyers in places such as India, the US, the Middle East, and China. New incentives in these countries are emerging, such as India’s National Solar Missions and China’s new FiT.

Learn more and see the Solarplaza top 30 markets at http://solarplaza.com/

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